Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

Nevada Mother’s Grit and Determination Sets Positive Example for Her Sons

April 21st, 2017     By Boys Town Contributor

Parent-Child Relationships, Parenting Skills, Youth Stories

Infidelity, manipulation and verbal abuse had created a toxic home life for Claudia Chavez and her children, so she mustered the courage to seek a new start for herself and her young sons, Adrian and Erick.

With no financial support from her estranged husband, Claudia worked two jobs to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. It was an uncertain and demanding time, but Claudia didn’t complain. Instead, she went to counseling to heal emotional scars and enrolled in parenting classes to become a better mom.

Her ex-husband remarried, became a stepfather and proceeded to ignore Adrian and Erick. For 8-year-old Adrian, it felt like a second divorce, and he began to lash out.

There were fights, arguments and tears at home and in school. His grades went into freefall. Adrian was so out of sorts and disruptive that school officials referred the family to Boys Town Nevada In-Home Family Services ® for support and counseling.

Boys Town Family Consultant Yoly Smith patiently listened to the family’s concerns and praised Claudia for being a positive role model. The family quickly felt more at ease, and for the next six weeks, they embraced the Family Consultant as one of their own.

Smith taught Claudia new parenting skills, including how to correct misbehaviors, set appropriate boundaries and use praise to reinforce and encourage her sons. She also taught Adrian and Erick helpful social skills to help them channel their feelings in healthier, more helpful ways.

The skill-teaching had a profound effect on the family, especially Adrian. His daily disruptions at school diminished to the point where he went weeks without a single incident. At home, there was much less tension and far fewer arguments.

Today, the boys are thriving and happy. Claudia continues to work hard and provide for her family, and she recently started a job that has given the family more flexibility and financial freedom.

With a fresh perspective and boundless courage, Claudia and her sons have reclaimed their future.

Related Posts

 

 

Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | What would you say to someone considering donating to Boys Town?https://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/what-would-you-say-to-someone-considering-donating-to-bt.aspxBoys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | What would you say to someone considering donating to Boys Town?In 2016, Boys Town served more than 10,000 children nationwide—children just like Kelsey, Tanner, Destiny, and Sommer. Your donations help us provide the life-changing second chances these youth deserve, and for that, we thank you.Boys TownIn 2016, Boys Town served more than 10,000 children nationwide—children just like Kelsey, Tanner, Destiny, and Sommer. Your donations help us provide the life-changing second chances these youth deserve, and for that, we thank you.Former Boys Town Youth
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Celebrating 100 - “Boys Town Means the World to Me”https://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/bt-means-the-world-to-me.aspxBoys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Celebrating 100 - “Boys Town Means the World to Me”1. Describe the impact that Boys Town had on you. Of course, Boys Town had a huge impact on me! I lived at Boys Town for four years when I was...December 12, 2017Featured1. Describe the impact that Boys Town had on you. Of course, Boys Town had a huge impact on me! I lived at Boys Town for four years when I was...Sommer, Former Boys Town Youth
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Centennial Celebration Featured on NBC Nightly Newshttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/boys-town-centennial-celebration-featured-nbc-nightly-news.aspxBoys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Centennial Celebration Featured on NBC Nightly News Video courtesy of NBC Nightly News. Recently, NBC Nightly News sent correspondent Anne Thompson to Omaha to check in on Boys Town as it celebrates its centennial birthday.Check out the video below and...August 25th, 2017 Boys Town Video courtesy of NBC Nightly News. Recently, NBC Nightly News sent correspondent Anne Thompson to Omaha to check in on Boys Town as it celebrates its centennial birthday.Check out the video below and...Boys Town Contributor